Namco isn't skimping on fresh glimpses of Soul Calibur V. Gloss over the brief, mandatory “in days of yore” business to get to a non-stop barrage of character intros delivered via the welcome medium of fast-paced gameplay footage, which should serve to ease veterans back into the fold even while enticing newcomers (unless you don't like swords and randomly-yelled wisecracks, in which case you're SOL). There's also a glut of new screens and concept art, focusing on vampy newcomer Viola and returning Big Bad Astaroth.

Here's the trailer, which should give you a fair idea of which fighter you might like to pick first when the game launches early next year. Producer Hisaharu Tago promises the game will offer a “faster, lighter, and more elegant” addition to the series.



New fighter Viola is apparently a calculated attempt to offset the series' rep for gratuitous skin. She's also probably the closest you'll ever get to seeing what Ezio Auditore would look like as a sexy female Freddy Krueger. 

Returning antagonist Astaroth may be another angle on the same “see, we're well aware half-nude doesn't always equal sexy” message – though doubtless some of you get off on that sort of thing.

Here's a gallery of new screens showing Viola, Astaroth and some more of the SCV crew in action.

Sep 15, 2011


  • MyCoolWhiteLies - September 16, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    As other's have mentioned, Viola looks a heck of a lot like Amy from SC4. She has almost the exact same outfit, only now with a hood, and even her hair has the curly bits. Raphael was her mentor and was a vampire or something in the last game right? Maybe he vamped her up too? Also, wasn't only the 4th game really bad about showing off a ton of skin? I don't recall any other entry being much worse than your average fighter. 4 was pretty ridiculous though. I'd say it went as far as to put DOA to shame.
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  • boondocks50 - September 16, 2011 3:44 a.m.

    yay another sword and shield character...
  • birdro - September 16, 2011 3:56 a.m.

    Neither of them uses a sword, or a shield. What are you talking about?
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - September 16, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    I really need to know if they're bringing Nightmare back. They're being such cockteases about it, it's driving me nuts. I guess if they don't, Viola looks pretty cool, as does that vampire guy with the wolf who's name I forget. Also, when I look at the new Astaroth design, all I can see is Taskmaster.
  • g4m3rk1dd - September 16, 2011 3:14 a.m.

  • CitizenWolfie - September 16, 2011 2:31 a.m.

    Agree with Clovin64 - It looks so much like Amy mixed with bits of Ivy. It's even the same spiderweb pattern stockings as Amy.
  • Clovin64 - September 16, 2011 2 a.m.

    You can't fool me Namco, thats clearly a grown up version of Amy from SCIV with white hair.
  • Vordhosbn - September 16, 2011 1:40 a.m.

    It feels a little strange seeing the direction some of the new characters are taking, with Violas "energy ball" and Z.W.E.I's Wolf-thing. But the actual fighting in every game in the series has been top notch in my opinion, so I'm 100% sure these characters will feel at home and be fun to play. What I would really like is a call back to the first games "Edge Master" mode, something about just going through the characters story in the book and getting a new, cool looking Weapon after each battle felt a lot more fun than simply buying them with credits like in SCIV.
  • JeffersonTrachea - September 15, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    They brought Voldo back, so I'm happy. Tira's still around as well, they show that Raphael stuck around, & I'll be able to hold nothing against this game.
  • Spartan11794 - September 15, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    Astaroth got a huge makeover, not bad but it is different SO EXCITE I'm still playing Soul Calibur IV recaptcha: Lodge, dicabox

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